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This guide will help you to become more familiar with Penn's institutional repository, ScholarlyCommons, and the various services provided by the ScholarlyCommons team.

Theses, Dissertations, and Capstones

ScholarlyCommons is the perfect venue for archiving and showcasing your department or program's undergraduate or graduates theses, dissertations, and capstones. The ScholarlyCommons team will work with your staff to determine the best workflows to ensure the long-term sustainability of your collection, including training, uploading, author agreements, and ongoing support. To view existing theses, dissertation, and capstone collections in ScholarlyCommons, visit

Featured Theses, Dissertations, and Capstones

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Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

As of December 2015, the University of Pennsylvania requires open access publication of PhD dissertations in ScholarlyCommons. Prior to that date, dissertations were made openly available at the author's request.

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Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Honors Theses

These theses represent the depth and breadth of interdisciplinary research carried out by Penn's PPE students. In order to write a thesis, a student must have an exemplary record of academic achievement in PPE courses and complete an independent research project under the supervision of a Penn faculty member. The authors here have opted to share their insightful research as part of this repository.


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Historic Preservation Theses

The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation provides an integrated approach for architects, landscape architects, planners, historians, archeologists, conservators, managers, and other professionals to understand, sustain, and transform the existing environment. This collection contains theses from the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstones

The MAPP Capstone is an independent project that integrates what the student has learned in the program and advances the application of Positive Psychology.

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Submit to ScholarlyCommons

Make your works discoverable through ScholarlyCommons, Penn's openly accessible institutional repository. Submit materials yourself, or set up a consultation to discuss your digital project.